Monday 16 October 2023

I have some catching up to do!

We spotted this in Loughborough on our recent travels.

Yes we have been travelling.  The week before last on the Monday we headed up to Yorkshire.  Our starting point was Robin Hood's Bay on the East coast.  

The weather was a bit drizzly but not cold so we were able to get out and about and we did get some sun too.  We stayed in a guest house in what is actually Fylingdales at the top of the hill leading down to the bay.  It's a steep hill!

Lots of rock pools.
The crane in the background was being used in the repairs to the sea wall.

This was on our second day there - the tide was further out and the sun was shining!

This is the road leading down to the bay.  Best to walk down though.

We had a meal in a pub a short walk from the B & B.  I had a lovely beef stew with a dumpling that was more like a scone texture but it was really good.  No dieting while on holiday!  Nick had a curry (it was curry night in the pub) but he wasn't over impressed with it.  

On day 2 we visited Runswick Bay, Staithes and Whitby - more places on the coast.  

Runswick Bay


Whitby Abbey in the distance

These steps lead up to the Abbey (99 of them) - we didn't go up this time as we've been to Whitby before.

Runswick Bay

Still not great at selfies lol

Runswick Bay

The second night we ate in a hotel that was also walking distance from where we were staying.  Can't remember exactly what we ate but it was definitely better than the pub food.

On the Wednesday we headed to York visiting Nunnington Hall on the way - a Manor House that is a National Trust property. Lots of interesting things to see, including some restored hanging tapestries and a collection of miniature rooms that were amazing.  So detailed.

Once we'd checked into the hotel there was time for a walk around York including the city walls.

York City walls - York Minster in the background

We ate in the hotel that evening.  After the meal I relaxed in the hotel while Nick checked out a nearby pub that just happened to have an Open Mic on.  

Thursday saw us heading to Nottingham to catch up with our elder son and his family.  On the way we stopped off at another National Trust property - Clumber Park.  This was the country estate of the Dukes of Newcastle and although the house was taken down in 1938 some buildings remain including a chapel.  There is also a big lake which we took a walk around - probably walked between 3-4 miles!

The Chapel

There were lots of swans on the lake - they must be friendlier than the ones on our lake at home!

We got to Nottingham about 4pm and both grandsons were back from school/nursery.  Always lovely to see them.

We looked after them on Friday morning while both parents were working and we had a great time playing with playdough - Miles was 3 a couple of weeks back and this was one of his presents from us.  Noah's school had a training day so he was home for the day.

Usually there other Granddad Steve looks after Miles on Friday mornings then their other Nanny joins him after lunch so Steve was able to have a lie in this week!

After lunch we headed off to Loughborough - but that's for another post!


  1. That's a corner of the UK I didn't know and I think we crossed York when I did the round trip of the UK in 2013. I had to look up were it was ! That's nice that you did some holidays only the two of you ! From time to time you have to put the family aside and be a couple again !

  2. How fun!! This is almost like Escape To The Country - one of my favorite British TV shows!! It's great that you had some fun times with the boys at the end of your vacation. Nice to have you back, Wendy!!

  3. I enjoy your travel posts. :-) I also like Escape To The Country, just as Terri does in the above post. It was fun to see your selfies... I am not very good at them as well. Hee Hee!



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